(Very) Selected London theatre in 2018 Part II: Musicals 🎶


In December, I wrote about the five plays I saw this year, and gave a quick run down of my thoughts on them. Five is reasonable number. Five makes sense. Five is doable. This time, I'm going to talk about the musicals I've seen this year, which, as far as I'm willing to admit, add up to twelve different shows. With the five plays and twelve musicals, I went to the theatre a grand total of 30 times in 2018. There... may have been some repeat viewings... Ahem.

So, here are some brief reflections on musicals I saw in 2018.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Apollo Theatre
I wrote my review the first time I saw it, and loved it so much I went again this year. I can't imagine anyone but the luminous John McCrea in the title role, but with Layton Williams announced as the next Jamie, I know I'll be seeing it for a third time. This new(-ish) British musical deserves to run and run. With London getting increasingly populated with Broadway imports (which I adore, don't get me wrong - I'm part of the problem!) it's fantastic to have a slice of Sheffield in the heart of the West End.

Wicked - Apollo Victoria Theatre
We know Wicked, we love Wicked, Wicked is always perfection. Wicked in 2018 is particularly interesting, perhaps more than ever. I have always said that the most interesting, moving thing about it is the truth of its story, and since its 2003 arrival, I can't imagine that its allegory on fascism has ever been more relevant. I wept buckets, as ever.

Hamilton - Victoria Palace Theatre
I saw Hamilton a number of times this year, and that number is more than one. I don't know when or if I'll ever get around to articulating my thoughts, or if I even want to. It's so important to me and to my life, I don't have the words. Suffice it to say that the London cast is completely magical and I can't imagine anyone else in those roles now. I can't wait to follow the glittering careers of these talented people. That said, if Lin-Manuel Miranda wants to come over, just for a little bit, I wouldn't say no to that.

Strictly Ballroom - Piccadilly Theatre
Having watched Moulin Rouge for the very first time in the early hours of New Year's Day 2018, I decided to check out this musical version of another Baz Luhrman classic with my Aussie friend (hello!). And yeah, I liked it a lot, very enjoyable stuff. More Australian musical comedy please!

Fun Home - The Young Vic
This show was the toast of Broadway when I abruptly became obsessed with musicals again post-Hamilton and its London arrival had been very long-awaited.

Titanic the Musical - Royal and Derngate Theatre
I saw the same production that is now on tour in London a couple of years ago and wrote my first ever theatre review inspired by it. I really, really love this show, and catching it again on tour was a joy (as much as a musical about, like, thousands of people dying can be).

Other shows I saw:
Bring It On: The Musical - Southwark Playhouse
Kinky Boots - Adelphi Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors - Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Sylvia - The Old Vic
Heathers the Musical - Theatre Royal Haymarket
Company - Gielgud Theatre

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